I have always had a high interest in the body and the healing powers of food. So much so, that i decided to go to school for holistic nutrition to learn the ins and outs of the subject. Each one of us has our own relationship with food, an ongoing journey that we've probably attempted to fix, tighten up, or cry over at least once in our lives. Food is really powerful stuff. It can break us down, it can burn us out, it can lift us up. We turn to it in times of celebration, times of weakness, sadness, and times of pure bliss. There have been enough articles published over the years that it is common knowledge at this point what foods are bad and which are good for you. Yet, there is always a new debate...go vegan, go paleo, quit sugar, quit carbs, count calories....on and on and on. My own personal philosophy is this: Every body is different. The specifics of what is working for me might not work for you. And what works for me today, might not work 100% for me in 5 years. BUT I do know this, the food you choose to eat can either heal you or it can make you sick. I view food as medicine. The cleaner I eat, the better I feel. Whole unprocessed foods are key.
And yet, even after educating myself and being completely passionate about the subject, I too struggle with this. I am not perfect. Life happens. These last couple of years have had a lot of movement for me and caused some stress. Something I have done to combat my stress is get lazy with food and turn to the convenience of it. When I felt hungry, I grabbed whatever was near me while I mapped out what I really wanted to eat. Cat and I went out to eat and ordered take out WAY too often. Neither of us are a fan of our tiny little kitchen in our L.A. apartment, so I think we boycotted it unconsciously for the last 8 months. We would cook, but not too often. This last year I have felt incredibly tired, sluggish and fatigued for no particular reason at all. I would get sleepy after my meals. I was finishing my 2nd 30 day yoga challenge, but still wasn't feeling the energy that I was hoping for. My best friends were finishing a Whole30 challenge around this time, and after hearing them go on and on about all the positives it was producing in their lives, Cat and I decided it was time we too made a shift.
We knew that this was going to be hard, but we also knew that it was going to be worth it. The whole30 completely strips away "hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups" for one month. There is no cheating, no 80/20 way of eating, no indulgences (like coconut flour pancakes for example). Does it seem daunting and difficult to imagine your life without sugar, grains, legumes, alcohol, and dairy? Yeah, it did for me too. Don't worry, you're not alone in that feeling. However, it's just 30 days. We are coming to the end of our 2nd week, and I must say, this is a life changing way of eating. There are certain foods that will never enter my gut again. There are things that I have been having nightly dreams about, like cookies and cake. These are annoying me, showing up unannounced and making me daydream about all day. How rude! lThen there are things I am surprised I don't miss at all, like grains and beans.
We are documenting this journey and would love it if you followed along. Staying committed (even over Thanksgiving) has it challenges, but I'm happy to be doing it with Cat. We help keep each other focused on what's important.
Here are our first two videos so far.